Trawling the news today I discovered an interesting story detailing how video games can now be played without a games console. OnLive, a video game service hosted via the cloud, are to bring one hundred and fifty games to the UK when it launches the service – but what will this mean for us?
It seems that technology has proven itself to be useful once again as gamers succeed where scientists failed, solving in just a matter of weeks, a problem that troubled scientists for more than a decade.
The gamers were called in after scientists were unable to determine the
structure of a retrovirus enzyme. The enzyme belongs to a class known as
retroviral proteases and has a vital role in the development and
maturing of the AIDS virus.
When Scientists automated methods
failed to generate a result, Dr. Firas Khatib, a researcher at the
University of Washington's Department of Biology, explained that they
decided "to see if human intuition could succeed".
As you likely have heard, what with it being all over the news, the Microsoft's new Kinect motion controller was released earlier this week. However, before you go rushing out to buy one, you probably want to ensure that it's worth the investment. £130 is a rather large investment for an accessory for your gaming console, after all. I mean, with that much money, you could purchase a new clothes dryer from Asda. So, with options like those on the table, how do you choose where to spend your money? That's where Savoo comes in.
As Savoo's resident tech blogger, I spent much of the morning trying to decide whether I wanted to discuss the Queen recently joining Facebook, or last night's launch of Call of Duty Black Ops. I ultimately decided to go with Call of Duty for several reasons.
1. Her Majesty won't be my friend.
2. She won't let me poke her.
That said, the launch of Call of Duty has some rather large expectations to live up to. Its predecessor, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is the all-time record holder for the most successful entertainment launch, earning over £242.4m in its first day of sales and outpacing everything from films to books to music albums.
Savoo loves all its merchants, so it's a shame we don't get to see all of them more often. But last week the team and I visited eBuyer in East Yorkshire. It's a long way to go from London but it was worth every hour on that train. eBuyer should be a case study on how to run an internet business. The team there are always open to ideas, they understand how people want to shop and they know what they want to buy. They understand online marketing, they understand that consumers want a great deal and, I am pleased to say, are doing really well.
Personally, I am a massive fan of eBuyer
and last week I put my money where my mouth is and bought my wife a
present she has been after for ages to help her with her design work
that she is doing.
Have you ever noticed how, round about this time every year, various snippets of research leech their way into the media under the pretense of educating parents on what's best for their kids? Today, for example, we're being told that the happiest kids are the ones who have high tech material items to make them feel good. So, mums and dads, if you want to have a happy child (and therefore be a good parent) you need to start spending - a lot! Really?